Treasures Found in the State Archives

The New Season of Monthly History Talks Kicks Off with Tracy Rebstock

We all have archives and perhaps haven’t even thought about it.  Personal papers, family photo albums, scrapbooks and meaningful artifacts from your past are all part of your personal archives.  While they may not be in a good state of organization, they are still treasures.  We here at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation have some very nice archives that are an important part of our community history.  We are working hard on a project to organize and digitize them to make them accessible to researchers.  It only seemed appropriate that we begin our new season of free monthly history talks here at the historic Schmidt House with an expert in archives, which we did on Thursday, October 15th at noon with guest speaker Tracy Rebstock.

Scholarship roomies at Gonzaga

2014 scholarship recipients Megan Kramer and Emma Baldwin recently stopped by the Foundation office to say hi and give an update on their educational endeavors at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Megan is studying civil engineering and rowing crew while Emma is working towards a business degree and involved in horse riding. Both are getting good grades and enjoying the collegiate experience.

Cider Sunday at Tumwater Falls Park


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Cider Sunday and Thurston County Through the Decades 

Annual Event in the Falls Park Once Again a Great Success

There have been times in past years when the “Cider Sunday” living history event in the park was cold and windy with the rain falling sideways. It has been held the first Sunday in October for many years, rain or shine, and this year the sun shown brightly and the turnout was large.

Can you identify this photograph?

Girls in garden photo

Recently, the Tumwater Historical Association donated this framed photo to the Schmidt House. It shows a group of girls working in a garden. The girls are for the most part dressed alike, with white blouses, dark skirts, ties and bonnets. To the left stands a man holding a garden tool and a bunch of beets or radishes. The title of the photo is merely “Tumwater Countryside, circa 1900. Courtesy Olympia Brewing Company.”